Martin was born and raised in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. He started out as a receptionist at a veterinary emergency clinic before coming to PBVC in late November of 2016 to work as a technician. Martin has completed the R.V.T. program at Allan Hancock College and is now working towards taking his R.V.T. exam. He especially loves working with emergency cases, his favorite being fractures. He loves to see the process of healing over time and the progress with the patients.
At PBVC, Martin can be found helping with procedures and helping the doctors with appointments. He also takes pride in being our safety coordinator, ensuring the hospital is always up to date with the latest safe trends. At home Martin has two cats, Koba (from planet of the apes) and Picasso. Outside of work, Martin is an avid runner and also enjoys hiking.
Heidi is a lover of all animals. She has helped treat Pacific Wild Life animals and had hands-on experience with owls, eagles, pelicans, etc She has also spent time in the Philippines volunteering at a wild animal rescue for fruit bats, brown long tail macaques, and bear cats. Heidi’s favorite experience in the Philippines was a whale rescue she participated in and she spent 8 hours with a Dwarf Sperm whale! As exciting as this experience was, Heidi missed small animal practice.
Heidi is one of our registered veterinary technicians at PBVC and helps in the treatment area with surgeries. One of her passions is helping with dental procedures and educating staff on how to better help the patients. Heidi treats every single patient like her own pet, giving every pet a thorough brushing before they go home from their procedure. When she’s not at work, Heidi is spending time with her two boys, Brandon and Tristan, and husband, Bob.
Laurie moved to San Luis Obispo in 1987 to go to Cal Poly as a Dairy Science major and lived at Cal Poly’s project dairy with her 8 Holsteins. She started working in veterinary medicine in 1994 at a small animal and exotic practice and developed a passion and affinity for working with parrots which gave her a nickname of “The Bird Whisperer”. At one point, Laurie was fostering 3 cockatoos, 7 macaws as well as several smaller parrot species. At PBVC, Laurie is one of our lead technicians and assists the doctors in our treatment area with surgeries and procedures. Laurie loves teaching our newer staff and giving great tips and tricks to help make the day go smoother. Laurie is also everyone’s “go to” when we have birds in the clinic!
When she is not at work, you can usually find her out and about in the music scene. Laurie loves playing guitar and Ukulele, travel (her next “Dream Trip” will be to the Tambopata National Reserve in Puerto Maldonado – Peru to see and study macaws in the wild), cooking, photography, knitting, painting and relaxing at home with her critters.
Laurie and her husband Matt’s furred and feathered kids include her trusty pooch Robbie, her five cats, Kiara, Little Sister, Breena, Grizzabella and Ivan and then there is Darlin’, her Congo African Grey parrot. Curly and Gaiden are her Green Wing macaws and Zorro is her Military Macaw.
Jennifer was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up, she preferred stuffed animals over dolls and decided to pursue her love of animals. Jennifer spent her summers working at an animal clinic in Indiana where they had an equine specialist. She decided to pursue her passion for horses and changed her major to Equine Science at Colorado State University. For an internship she worked on a large cattle ranch high in the Rocky Mountains.
After graduation, her pursuit took her to Kentucky where she worked for Ashford Stud, one of the premier thoroughbred breeding farms in the world. This job allowed her to travel and work in Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland. With some extra training at Hagyard’s Equine Medical Institute, she became their head vet nurse.
Missing the mountains and the ocean, she moved back to Colorado to work for her Alma Mater, managing the barns for the Equine Reproduction Lab. She then got back to medicine at Little Equine Medical Center to tech. A year ago she planned to move to New Zealand to be close to her sister but after moving back to California to spend time with family, she met Mr. Right and has decided to stay in California and work with small animals. Through all this her trusty four legged sidekick Jax has stayed with her.
Born and raised in Lompoc, Gabbs grew up showing livestock and being an active member of 4H and FFA. This is where her love for animals started and continued to grow. Gabbie moved to San Luis Obispo in 2012 to study animal science at Cal Poly. Since her time at Cal Poly, Gabbie has worked with many animals on the central coast as a groomer, a kennel technician, and now as a veterinary assistant at PBVC. Her favorite part about working here at Pismo is the unpredictability of the days. She loves being able to help ease the worries of owners and help their sick pets.
Gabbs joined the team at PBVC in October of 2016. She enjoys spending her free time outside of work with her trusty pooch “Hooch” and her cat “Oliver” lounging at home watching Netflix. She loves traveling to new places to find the best local foods and wines. Gabbs also has a super obsession with Boxer dogs!
Elaine, like many, was initially interested in working in the veterinary field because of her love of animals. As she started to work and learn, she became more interested in the medicine and helping with difficult cases and emergencies. Her favorite cases to assist with are blocked cats because of the intricacy of the medicine involved. Elaine enjoys being a mentor to those who are just starting out in the field and loves to share her knowledge from getting her registered veterinary technician license. As a supervisor here at PBVC, she is always happy to answer any and all questions our clients or staff may have.
Elaine joined PBVC in May of 2016 after working 8 years in veterinary emergency medicine. She has worked in the five cities area in the veterinary field over 10 years. Elaine and her husband have a full house with 3 cats and a dog. Napoleon is an old black and white cat, Shaka is a spunky brown tabby and Indira is a beautiful calico. She also has a loving 12 year old Corgi named Rose. Elaine likes to spend time with her animals, crafts, gardening and hanging out with her husband. She loves to travel to many new places in the world and experience new cultures.
We’ve been busy busy busy here at PBVC but we’re back with our monthly employee features! This month we are highlighting Debbie, a familiar face to many of our clients. Debbie is a native Californian who has worked in the veterinary field for 16 years. Before settling on the central coast, she lived in San Diego and worked as a Personnel Recruitment Clerk in North Island Naval Base on Coronado Island. She has had love and compassion for animals since she was a child. Debbie came to PBVC as a receptionist last April and has been loving every minute of it.
Over the years, Debbie had many different pets such as ducklings, canaries, cockatiels, turtles, cats, a lamb, rabbits, her beloved German Shepherds (Dapper and Lady) and the love of her life: Boogie the Chihuahua. Debbie enjoys the simple things in life that the central coast has to offer. She enjoys whale watching, walks on the beach, biking, hiking, kayaking and yoga.
When she isn’t listening to her favorite local bands, she loves to read, cook, watching movies, doing challenging puzzles, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Debbie has enjoyed meeting all the wonderful & interesting clients along with the loves of their lives since April of 2016 and is looking forward to meeting many more. She continues to expand her knowledge to help educate clients with many aspects in the Veterinary field.paytm app
Next time you’re in the clinic, say hi to Debbie at the front desk!
Carolina has been with PBVC for over 9 years. She is passionate about her job, always works hard, is frequently known to bust out with dance moves, and loves getting her picture taken with adorable creatures! She has recently taken on a role as our Inventory Manager and is the one responsible for all of those awesome goody bags that we get to give out at our Pet Costume Contest. Car is at the heart of our team her at PBVC and we are happy to announce that she is our December Featured Employee!
Carolina is a resident of Santa Maria. Animals have always been her passion and she considers them a special part of her life.
She has four dogs of her own (Chispita, Chula, Paris, and Diego). In her spare time she loves to go shopping and spend time with her family and pets.
Carolina will always treat your pets like one of her own family!
“What is your favorite thing about Veterinary Medicine?”
I’m one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to practice my passion everyday. After 9 years going on 10, I’m still amazed and surprised by my profession. Every year brings a new technique and knowledge to improve my ability to care for animals. I love the fact that we have the ability to end suffering and relieve pain. As painful as that sometimes is, it’s a gift that I feel privilege to share. I also love that animals give you the best feeling that melts your heart every time. And that is the best feeling ever.
“What do you love about working at Pismo Beach Vet?”
I’ve enjoyed working at Pismo Beach not just because of the patients but also working with our clients. They have became a family of my own. Our doctors are the best, they never stop teaching us new things, they always want us to achieve more and learn more. The people I work with all share the same compassion and commitment. At Pismo Beach, our patients are number one on our list. We will always manage to get you an appointment, we’ve extended our hours and are open seven days a week. This is why I love what I do. At Pismo Beach vet, I treat your pets as my own.vidmate old version
Ashley joined us in 2015 initially as a relief technician and she quickly became part of our staff full-time. We are excited to announce that she recently obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license (R.V.T.). She has a hunger for knowledge that make her such an asset to our team and we are happy to announce that she is our November Featured Employee!
Ashley is a Midwest transplant originally from Michigan and came to the beautiful central coast to attend Cal Poly. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in Animal Science. Her thirst for knowledge lead her to obtaining her RVT license in September 2016. She loves animals of all kinds and has completed internships in wildlife rehabilitation in Washington and Florida as well as one at the Charles Paddock Zoo. Most recently, she worked at Woods Humane Society as part of their high volume spay and neuter program. Currently, she volunteers at the Marine Mammal Center in her spare time. The highlights of her adventures include hand feeding lemurs, rescuing sea birds entangled in fishing line, helping to raise orphaned harbor seal pups, and socializing innumerable kittens.bluestacks download for windows 10
When she’s not working you will likely find Ashley enjoying the sunshine at the beach, attempting a new recipe she found on Pinterest, looking for a good memoir at the library or spending time with her husband.
Ashley is happy to be a part of the PBVC team and looks forward to meeting you and your furry friends!